Inside the Artist’s Studio with Sharyn Fogel

Sharyn in her favorite “studio”, sitting on top the family RV painting outdoors.

Artist Statement

“There is something about painting that is like a magnet, drawing me in…pardon the pun. Still after all these years, I can’t fully explain it – but it is something I must do.”

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There used to be a television show called Inside the Actors Studio, where actors were asked questions like “What is your favorite color?”, “What turns you on?”, “What is your favorite curse word?”, etc. Those questions were designed to show the audience the real person behind the actor’s public persona.

Well, we wanted to help visitors to this website see the real Sharyn Fogel – the artist behind the artwork. And no, she won’t tell us what her favorite curse word is.

 

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I thought I would be a movie star! I saw myself as a Doris Day or Liz Taylor, ha!

When did you first realize you wanted to be an artist?

I was about 9 when I first discovered that I like art: drawing and painting.

Photo of Sharyn and a bear walking next to her chair.

Sharyn Fogel painting en plein air in the Great Smoky Mountains with an unexpected visitor.

How long does it take you to create one of your pieces?

Usually I average about 3 to 12 hours. This doesn’t include the driving to location, setting up or anything like that. Or unsettling interruptions caused by too-friendly neighborhood bears!

What is your schedule like when you are working?

I paint every chance, as long as I can. So I may work on a piece several times during a day.

Sharyn Fogel Watercolor "Christmas Cardinal"

What would you say is your interesting quirk while working?

I love dancing to the music. I listen to Pandora radio often while I work. My current favorite is “Who you gonna call – Ghost Busters”!

Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your artwork?

I live in Brevard, so every time I look outside I see our Western North Carolina views.

What do you like to do when you are not working on your art?

Nothing! If I’m not painting then I’m not happy.

Sharyn Fogel Watercolor "Coon Tree"

What was one the most surprising things you learned while creating your art?

That I could do it! Sometimes I do a really, really GOOD piece of work and I am shocked.

How many pieces do you think you have created?

1,000’s. I have lost count long ago.

Which pieces are your favorites?

The ones that are really, really good.

Sharyn Fogel Watercolor "Mountain Vista"

How do you decide on which ideas to develop?

An idea for a piece just pops into my head – probably sent from God , since He is the great Creator.

Do you hear from your fans? What kinds of things do they say?

People often tell me, “You’re so good.  You’re so talented.  It must be wonderful to be able to do that.  I wish I had your talent.  You must have a wonderful time doing this.”

What do you think makes good art?

Skill. Along with good colors, realistic, misty, soothing and peaceful scenes. A watercolor should cause you to have reaction – preferably a good one!

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To see Sharyn’s professional resume and credentials click here > About Sharyn Fogel